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Spring 2009 Commencement

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That's Dr. Dolly!

Entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton was in attendance Friday at the commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, both as a guest speaker and as an honoree. Parton received an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters, and spoke to graduates. Gov. Phil Bredesen was also on hand and addressed the students.

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More than 3,200 undergraduate students were eligible to participate in this week's commencement ceremonies, which combines graduates from the spring and summer terms. Students receiving advanced degrees also were recognized this week in a graduate hooding ceremony.

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Video Highlights

Dolly Parton - Click to view video and read her address

Dolly Parton delivers the commencement address to the 2009 class from the College of Arts and Sciences

Sgt. Willis

A surprise reunion between a father and his daughter.

Click to see Dolly Parton perform Rocky Top

Gov. Bredesen introduces Dolly Parton, who takes the stage singing "Rocky Top"

Click to see Dolly Parton receive her honorary doctorate

UT awards Dolly Parton an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters

Watch Dolly Parton perform 'Try'

Dolly Parton performs a special version of "Try" for UT's graduates